Michaela Shea McInnis

Michaela McInnis represents individuals, states, cities and other municipalities in environmental litigation involving harmful exposure to lead paint or other sources of environmental contamination.


Michaela was a member of the trial team in the State of Rhode Island's landmark lead paint suit against the lead pigment industry, conducting discovery and overseeing the case management order. Her practice also includes toxic tort work, including cases of personal injury, property damage or economic loss as a result of water or land contamination. Michaela also represented more than 100 residents of Tiverton, Rhode Island, against a major utility company for environmental contamination of residential property.

Michaela began her legal career as an attorney with the appellate staff of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, later transitioning to a diverse tax practice in New York. Her legal work extended outside of the office as a volunteer to the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs in Rhode Island. Additionally, Michaela volunteered for several years with the Ethics Committee of the Visiting Nurse Association of Newport County, where she offered case reviews and guidance to the staff of the VNA regarding ethical issues.

A former adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island, Michaela has taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses on the American legal system and constitutional law. She is a former law clerk for the Honorable Joseph R. Weisberger of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

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  • L.L.M., Boston University School of Law, 1985
  • J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1980
  • B.A., Providence College, 1977

Licensed In

  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Rhode Island